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5th Story CD『Roman』

Roman.jpg

Album by Sound Horizon
Label KING RECORDS
Catalog No. KICS-1286
Barcode 4988003332334
Format CD
Price ¥3,000 (tax included)
¥2,857 (without tax)
Release Date November 22nd, 2006
Producer Revo
Sound Horizon chronology
Elysion ~楽園幻想物語組曲~
(2005)
Roman
(2006)
Moira
(2008)

5th Story CD『Roman』

Roman.jpg

Album by Sound Horizon
Label KING RECORDS
Catalog No. KICS-91286
Barcode 4988003332327
Format CD
Price ¥3,500 (tax included)
¥3,333 (without tax)
Release Date November 22nd, 2006
Producer Revo
Sound Horizon chronology
Elysion ~楽園幻想物語組曲~
(2005)
Roman
(2006)
Moira
(2008)

Roman's Tagline:
そこにロマンはあるのだろうか?

Soko ni Roman wa Aru no Darou ka?

"Could a Roman be found here?"

5th Story CD Roman is the second CD release after Aramary's departure from Sound Horizon. Released on November 22nd, 2006, this was their 3rd major album. The cast for Roman was much larger compared to previous releases, with 7 singers and 14 voice actors, it was vastly different to records like Elysion ~楽園幻想物語組曲~ or even 少年は剣を・・・, which heavily promoted the 5th Story's release. From the first track alone the stylistic changes are evident; with Revo taking center stage as a vocalist and the songs being more complex. The album is titled "Roman", which is French for Novel or in this case Story. The album contains 11 tracks, which is a significant number with deep symbolism in the album. The last track, "11文字の伝言", can seamlessly connect to the first track of the album, "朝と夜の物語". This is the only major release besides Elysion ~楽園幻想物語組曲~ to feature a song originating on a previous release; with "緋色の風車" being titled as "緋色の風車 ~Moulin Rouge~" on 少年は剣を・・・. This is the first Sound Horizon release to feature bonus tracks not physically on the disc but instead hidden on a special riddle website.

In May of 2010 C&L Music, a Korean CD publisher, released Roman for South Korean audiences. Going forward C&L Music published 5 other SH CDs, 3 SH DVDs, and 5 Linked Horizon CDs. The release featured an officially translated lyric booklet printed in black and white. The album's catalog number is CNLR 1003. This album, along with 10 others, was remastered in 2020 for Sound Horizon's 15th Anniversary.

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

All tracks written, composed and arranged by Revo.

No.TitleLength
1."朝と夜の物語"7:27
2.""5:33
3."見えざる腕"6:59
4."呪われし宝石"6:22
5."星屑の革紐"6:23
6."緋色の風車"6:01
7."天使の彫像"6:54
8."美しきもの"6:33
9."歓びと哀しみの葡萄酒"6:55
10."黄昏の賢者"7:36
11."11文字の伝言"7:08
12."yaneuraroman" (hidden web track "yaneuraroman.mp3")2:49
13."truemessage" (hidden web track "truemessage.mp3")7:09

Roman's Password[edit | edit source]

Throughout the lyric booklet of Roman there are numerous cut outs and numbers in place of Japanese lyrics. By using a secret table located on the back cover's backside (accessible by removing the CD plate from the jewel case), one can decipher various lyrics and messages throughout the album:

Roman's table:
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
01
02
03
04
05

To use this table simply match the lyric's (or message's) numbers to the table and coordinate which character is represented; so 0101 would be あ, 0302 would be し, etc.

Roman's Riddle[edit | edit source]

The bonus tracks for Roman are hidden on a hidden website seen at the bottom of the last page of the booklet. To access them one must use the various numbers hidden throughout the album and on a separate paper included in the album. To access "truemessage", one must enter the password しあわせにおなりなさい (B E C O M E H A P P Y) . However, taking the order of songs detailed in the narration of "黄昏の賢者", one receives another message: おりあわせしになさいな (A C C E P T D E A T H) . Entering this into the password page is how one accesses "yaneuraroman". The separate paper also has 5 additional messages but these cannot be used on the hidden website due to an 11 character limit.

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Sound Horizon
  • Revo – music production, words, music, arrangement, programming, keyboards, guitar
Vocals and voices
Voices
Musicians
Kanaストリングス (Kana Strings) (tracks 3, 7, 10, 11)
1st Violin
2nd Violin
Viola
Cello
弦一徹ストリングス (Gen Ittetsu Strings) (tracks 1, 4, 5, 9)
1st Violin
2nd Violin
Viola
Cello
Technical

※ Recorded at Studio Z'd, Wonder Station, Malibu Studio, Sunrise Studio, Towerside Studio and Triumph.
※ Mixed at Studio Z'd and Wonder Station.
※ Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

Artwork
Promotion
Production
Special thanks

Anecdote of 5th Story[edit | edit source]

Anecdote of 5th Story

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Album by Sound Horizon
Label KING RECORDS
Catalog No. SSX-167
Barcode N/A
Format CD
Price Not For Sale
Release Date November 22nd, 2006
Producer Revo


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Tracklist[edit | edit source]

All tracks written, composed and arranged by Revo.

No.TitleLength
1."朝と夜の物語 ~Another Roman Mix~"5:46





Personnel[edit | edit source]

Sound Horizon
  • Revo – music production, words, music, remixing, programming, keyboards, guitar
Voice
Additional musicians
Technical

※ Recorded at Studio Z'd and Wonder Station.
※ Mixed at Wonder Station.

Artwork
Production

Re:Master Project[edit | edit source]

5th Story CD『Roman』
(Re:Master Production)

Roman.jpg

Album by Sound Horizon
Label KING RECORDS
Catalog No. KICS-3931
Barcode 4988003568054
Format UHQCD
Price ¥3,500 (tax included)
Release Date August 26th, 2020
Producer Revo
Sound Horizon Around 15th Anniversary Re:Master Production chronology
少年は剣を・・・ (Re:Master Production)
(2020)
Roman (Re:Master Production)
(2020)
聖戦のイベリア (Re:Master Production)
(2020)

Roman (Re:Master Production) is a remastered version of the 2006 album Roman. Released on August 26th, 2020 it features all of the original tracks on the album and a revamped HTML bonus track website. Under Revo's supervision, and using the latest technology, King Records released this album in a "Sound Horizon Around 15th Anniversary Re:Master Production" series. The person in charge of remastering this album was 前田康二 (Yasuji Maeda) a mastering engineer who studied under the legendary sound engineer Bernie Grundman. the first press limited edition contains a specially illustrated postcard by yokoyan. For Fanclub members only, Sound Horizon Around 15th Anniversary Re:Master Production Complete Set was sold in two parts, the first half being shipped on July 29, 2020 and the second half shipping on October 21st. This album is contained in the first half. The complete set retailed for ¥30,000, about $280 USD[1].

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

All tracks written, composed and arranged by Revo.

No.TitleLength
1."朝と夜の物語"7:27
2.""5:33
3."見えざる腕"6:59
4."呪われし宝石"6:22
5."星屑の革紐"6:23
6."緋色の風車"6:01
7."天使の彫像"6:54
8."美しきもの"6:33
9."歓びと哀しみの葡萄酒"6:55
10."黄昏の賢者"7:36
11."11文字の伝言"7:08
12."yaneuraroman" (hidden web track "yaneuraroman.mp3")2:49
13."truemessage" (hidden web track "truemessage.mp3")7:09

Personnel[edit | edit source]

※ Re:Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

References[edit | edit source]